posted on Jul, 19 2014 @ 02:41 PM
originally posted by: beezzer
a reply to: TheTengriist
Then it was a poor decision to conduct a war in the first place then, wasn't it.
First, you seem to be blaming the victims here. I hope that's not the case because of so, it's rather grotesque.
Now, consider; Palestine is occupied territory. it doesn't matter if Israeli forces are in Gaza, Gaza is part of Palestine and Palestine is occupied
territory (and Gaza, as we see, is well within the control of Israel's military.) As the occupying power, Israel has certain legal duties and
obligations towards Palestine - including Gaza.
In broad terms it is in violation of these duties and obligations, most egregiously in its conducting of population transfers, land and resource
seizures, and mass arrests sans trials. But further, occupying powers also have the obligation to ensure public order and safety, provision of food,
water, and medical supplies, maintaining medical facilities and services, ensuring public health and hygiene, and facilitating the work of educational
services. if the occupying power is materially unable to do these things, then it is obligated to allow other states or NGOs access to the occupied
territory in order to ensure these things are achieved.
Israel is in gross violation of its obligations, especially
in regard to Gaza.
Now unfortunately, legal processes taken by the Palestinians to ensure their rights are maintained and that Israel lives up to its obligations to them
have been continually stymied. Israel's government has a nasty habit of ignoring its own courts, and on the international level, the United States
wields its very considerable clout in favor of whatever israel wants. And Israel wants to be exempt from the obligations expected of it under
So currently it seems that the Palestinian's options amount to dying on their feet or dying on their knees.
Both outcomes could be avoided if israel simply met its obligations as occupying power.